When I get the opportunity to chat with an artist, one of my go to questions is “what charity do you love?” I also tend to ask “what are you passionate about?” Recently I had the amazing opportunity to sit in on my very first Twangout session, and it was with none other than the amazingly talented Sonia Leigh. I asked Sonia about her favorite charity and she gave an amazing response.
The charity that she feels most passionate about is The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research. Sonia speaks fondly of Sean, calling him one of her “best friends”. This memorial fund was created after Mr. Costello’s sudden death in 2008 due to drug overdose. The mission behind the fund is to raise awareness and money to fund research efforts in order to learn more about Bipolar Disorder. Bipolar disorder, as with any mental illness, is just that- an illness. There are many negative stigmas associated with a mental illness, but it’s nothing to be ashamed of.
There are many ways to get involved with the fund such as donating or even volunteering! Check out their website for more information. Thank you to Sonia for allowing us to help raise awareness of this disorder and for sharing your favorite charity that is dear to your heart.
For more information on The Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bipolar Research, click here.